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May 5, 2013

Tri-city region going green

DUNCAN — Only one day remains until the recycling program gets underway. Trucks will be out Monday to begin picking up the recycled products.

And on Friday, the recycling program, through Waste Connections, was met with a short program in Fuqua Park. South Central Oklahoma Environmental Authority members, including Tommy Edwards, Josh Case and Bob Hill, made appearances to encourage people to recycle.

Among the community members in attendance was Plato Elementary student Andrew Funkhouser, who has gotten his school to start recycling. At his house, the recycling cart is nearly full.

Edwards, a Duncan City Council member, said he has gotten feedback from constituents about the recycling program. He said people have been overwhelmingly positive about the recycling program, but some people have been concerned about the $5 per month cost associated with the program.

“As least 90 percent are for it,” Edwards said. “I’ve had twice as many calls for it than against it. Those against it are just more vocal.”

During the recycling program, there was a demonstration on how the truck works. Justin Hicks, a Waste Connections employee, operated the arm to pick up the recycling cart. Hicks also demonstrated how far the arm can extend to give the SCOEA members a better concept of how well the recycling truck functions.

The cost of the recycling program may be $5 per month, but that is a cost to repay Waste Connections, Edwards said. The business purchased new trucks and carts to get the program off the ground.

Edwards said the City of Duncan’s tight budget would not allow for the city to shoulder the cost of the program, hence the cost of the program passing to customers in the three cities. He said the recycling program will be beneficial to Duncan, Marlow and Comanche residents, the three cities and the environment.

“We will save on our landfill costs,” Edwards said. “About 60 to 70 percent (of trash) can be recycled.”

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